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Shooting War
     

Shooting War

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by Anthony Lappe
 

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The global war on terror is raging out of control. The president is popping Prozac. And the #1 selling videogame in 2011 America is the terrorist-simulator Infidel Massacre: Los Angeles. On the streets of gentrified

Overview

The global war on terror is raging out of control. The president is popping Prozac. And the #1 selling videogame in 2011 America is the terrorist-simulator Infidel Massacre: Los Angeles. On the streets of gentrified Brooklyn, videoblogger Jimmy Burns' latest anti-corporate rant is cut short by a terrorist bombing of a Starbucks...but his live feed isn't. When his dramatic footage is uploaded by Global News ("Your home for 24-hour terror coverage") and rebroadcast across the planet, the obscure blogger is transformed into an overnight media sensation. The next thing he knows he's on a Black Hawk helicopter inbound for Baghdad, working for the same mainstream media monster he once loathed. Burns soon finds that everyone from his ratings-ravenous network overlords to Special Ops troops with messianic complexes to a charismatic band of tech-savvy jihadists all want to make him their pawn.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A scathing near-future satire of the Iraqi occupation that rings with eerie plausibility, this Web comic-to-print hardcover collection follows a cocky young journalist named Jimmy Burns, who finds himself video-blogging across the front lines of Iraq in the year 2011. An accidental Internet celebrity transplanted suddenly to the Baghdad battlefields, Jimmy quickly progresses from arrogant to regretful, then jaded-in short, he is America in Iraq. As the world slowly disintegrates around him, Jimmy finds himself caught between the competing agendas of Muslim insurgents, the American military and a sensational cable news network as they all clamor for blood on the battlefields. Journalist and first-time graphic novelist Lappé takes obvious delight in skewering all three with a whip-smart, left-leaning indictment of both American media and foreign policy that offers little hope and fewer heroes. The bleak prognostications are cut with black humor and a penchant for explosions that keep the narrative moving. The collection adds 110 pages of new content to the Web version, and Goldman's art, a cinematic blend of photography and digital painting, is framed in widescreen panels that lend an air of video documentary to a grim graphic novel that manages to make media-and the truth-seem more fluid than ever. (Nov.)

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Penthouse
"[T]his astute, timely, entertaining graphic novel...predicts, in dramatic terms, the logical evolution of the war. Pundits say there's no good outcome. This book illustrates what that looks like. "
Newsweek.com
"A stunningly rendered graphic novel that manages to stick a red-hot skewer into the war on terror, Islamic jihad, the mainstream media and the antiestablishment blogosphere in one fell swoop."
Forbes.com
"This is a winner...the Apocalypse Now of the War on Terrorism, told in the form of a brilliantly rendered graphic novel."
New York Magazine
"Fierce, shocking, over-the-top, and wickedly smart."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446581202
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
11/19/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

SHOOTING WAR creator and writer Anthony Lappé is Executive Editor of GNN.tv, the web-site for the Guerrilla News Network. He is the co-author of their critically acclaimed book True Lies (Plume, 2004) and the producer of their award-winning Showtime documentary about Iraq, BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge. He has written for The New York Times, the Huffington Post, New York, Vice, and Salon among many others, and has been a producer for MTV News and Fuse. He is a frequent guest on Air America and other radio stations across the country. SHOOTING WAR artist Dan Goldman is a writer, artist and designer. He is the co-author of the political graphic novel Everyman: Be the People, and a founding member of the daily on-line comics anthology ACT-I-VATE, where he serializes his psychedelic romance-thriller "Kelly."

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Shooting War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nevermindjosh More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel takes many of the ideas and concepts surrounding the abundance of new media, blogs, podcasts, etc., and drops them in the middle of Iraq where they uncover a vast conspiracy. I don't want to ramble on too much, so I'll just say it's a nice commentary on the decreasing integrity and increasing corporate ownership in journalism, and how slackers hope to cash in and somehow still maintain their hip anti-consumerism stances. The problem is the weak story, the poor dialogue, and a barely believable, almost successful conspiracy. I liked the art and the graphics, and loved the concept, but over-all, the story just wasn't that great or well executed.